The links on this page will lead you to excerpts from selected ASCLA publications or to Web sites that may be of interest according to the headings below.

Blind and Physically Handicapped | Certification | Cooperative Library Organizations | Deaf/Hard of Hearing | Equity of Access | Impaired Elderly Library Patrons | Independent Librarians | Learning Disabilities | Print Disabilities | Prison Libraries | State Libraries | Students with Disabilities | Underserved | Universal Access | Website Accessibility


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


Blind and Physically Handicapped




Deaf/Hard of Hearing


Equity of Access


Learning Disabilities


Print Disabilities

  • The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)--A division of the Library of Congress, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Material may also be downloaded through NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download System (BARD)
  • Learning Ally--A non-profit providing instructional material in audio formats to students with disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print.
  • Bookshare--Bookshare collects the digital files of books provided by publishers. These digital files are converted from text to speech and provided to the readers who can download the content.
  • Accesstext Network--A partnership between major book publishers, the Accesstext Network allow colleges and universities to access digital files of material for students with disabilities.


Prison Libraries


Students with Disabilities

  • Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere): This comprehensive site provides information and training for developing effective library and information services for pre-K-12 students with disabilities. The site contains five self-paced learning modules, jam-packed with useful information in a variety of formats (text, still and moving images, graphics, audio over PowerPoint, and more). You will find information to read, videos to view, games to play, learning exercises to challenge you, and quizzes to assess your learning.
  • College Resources for Students with Disabilities:


State Libraries


Underserved Populations


Universal Access

  • Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is a project of Raising the Floor, a consortium of academic, industry, and non-governmental organizations and individuals. Its purpose is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety. The GPII will introduce automatic personalization of user interfaces and user context adaptation based on user preferences. Each information and communication technology (ICT) device will be able to instantly change to fit users as they encounter the device, rather than requiring users to figure out how to adapt, configure or install access features they need. For more information please go here:


Website Accessibility

  • Web Evaluation Tools List
  • Cynthia Says: Tool for Checking Web Page Accessibility
  • Fangs--A Mozilla Firefox plug-in, Fangs will render a web page in a way similar to how a screen reader will read it.
  • Raising the Floor (RtF) is an international coalition of individuals and organizations working to ensure that the Internet, and everything available through it, is accessible to people experiencing accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or age.
  • WAVE--Helps you check if your page is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) --The W3C is the international standards-setting organization for the World Wide Web. As such, it has issued comprehensive standards that  ensure an accessible web presence known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).